Arrests continue in Turkey: Authorities issued detention warrants for 35 journalists over the use of an application
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Translation: Matea Matić
Turkey has issued detention warrants for 35 journalists over using an application for sending encrypted messages, i.e. ByLock, portal TurkeyPurge reported.

The police action of arresting people they deem to be connected with Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen started yesterday morning, the media there reported.

The police were arresting people who used the mentioned application because they believe that Gulen’s followers like to communicate in that way. For now, nine journalists have been detained, among which is editor of the opposing newspaper, Birgün, Burak Ekici, who is accused by authorities of

“membership of an armed terrorist organisation”. The police are conducting searches of journalists’ apartments, the media report.

More than 50 000 people, including journalists, have been arrested since Turkey started a crackdown on those whom it deems responsible for the coup attempt on 15 July 2016. Human rights organisations warn that the government is using the coup attempt as an excuse to go after those who are of a dissimilar view.

The Turkish Journalists’ Organisation emphasises that since the coup attempt, 150 media outlets have been shut down, and 160 journalists have been imprisoned.

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